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PlantFiles: Ornamental Ginger
Alpinia formosana 'Pinstripe'

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: formosana (for-MOH-sa-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pinstripe

Synonym:Alpinia formosana f. variegata

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Feb 4, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great plant. Got it last spring, seems like it will be as vigorous as alpinia zerumbet. The pic I uploaded was taken today, Feb. 04, 2006. The plant has doubled in size since June 05. Planted inground, not full shade, but almost. I have it planted next to var. shell ginger (alpinia zerumbet) and the contrast is very nice.

UPDATE JUNE 2013. Wow, I can't believe I've been growing this plant for 8 years. It didn't turn out to be as vigorous as the var. shell ginger, but OK by me. It is still a very pretty and very easy plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Trenton, Florida
New Iberia, Louisiana
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas

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